Leyden administrators survey community on West Leyden principal

Mark Lawton
mlawton@pioneerlocal.com | @reporterdude
Sept. 5 10 a.m.

The administrators at Leyden High School District 212 are seeking your opinion on what to look for in the next principal at West Leyden High School.

After 10 years, Wil Wagner will retire as principal at the end of the 2014-15 school year. Superintendent Nick Polyak and Assistant Superintendent Beth Concannon are organizing the search for his successor.

As part of the search, the two have posted a survey on the District 212 website (www.leyden212.org). The survey is targeted at anyone who has a stake in the high school

The survey asks what West Leyden needs to focus on, what experience the next principal should have and offers a comment section. It’s anonymous, although the survey does request participants identify how they connect to West Leyden — students, parents, staff, board members, residents and others.

“The principal at the high school is one of the most important positions in the community,” Polyak said. “We thought it would be important to give everyone a voice before beginning the search process.”

“This is a broader reach to people on what they are looking for,” Concannon said. “We’re more cognizant about communicating. I think (the survey) gives us a focus on what types of expertise they want someone to bring to the table.”

Polyak plans to list the position in the next two months. There will probably be at least two rounds of interviews. At the December board meeting he aims to recommend a candidate to the School Board. Whoever is hired would then have the second semester of the school year to become familiar with West Leyden and be involved in planning and hiring for the following year.

About 1,400 to 1,500 students attend West Leyden each year.

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